Changes to motorcycle theory test are incoming

The government have announced changes to the way the motorcycle theory test is to be delivered

motorcycle theory test video example

THE government has announced a set of changes to be implemented into the car theory test from 28th September. It is also noted that the motorcycle theory test could also be amended further down the line.

The changes look set to make the theory test more accessible to all, with people who have difficulty reading, those with learning difficulties, and people with developmental conditions, such as Autism, especially likely to benefit.

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The current theory test requires attendees to read a short case study, going on to answer five questions about it. The change will now see people watching a short video clip that they will then have to answer three multiple-choice questions relating to the video.

Motorcycle theory test clip example

After the clip has played, questions like the ones below will be asked:

  • Why are motorcyclists considered vulnerable road users?
  • Why should the driver, on the side road, look out for motorcyclists at junctions?
  • In this clip, who can cross the chevrons to overtake other vehicles, when it’s safe to do so?
  • For each of the 3 questions, you’ll have to choose the correct answer from 4 possible answers.

While the clip above is purely the example clip shown on, it does at least show that the DVSA is taking motorcyclists into consideration when it comes to testing. Although naturally, some will claim it doesn’t go far enough.

As yet, the changes only affect the car theory test, with the motorcycle, lorry, bus and coach, and driving instructor tests all continuing as before. That said, the DVSA has confirmed that the car theory is the only one to change ‘to begin with’, making it clear that in time and which positive feedback, the changes could be rolled out to other tests including the motorcycle theory test.